Popular Wines

Popular Wines
As magical and enigmatic as the world of wine can be, it’s not always easy to find your way around. Every day, inexperienced wine enthusiasts try to explore new blends and end up with a shopping list that their budget simply cannot support. Every high-quality wine is a unique, important experience, one that opens a person’s taste palate to a whole new world of flavor and pleasure. Something primal awakens within, urging you to find new and more compelling aromas and textures. But with so much to choose from, where do you begin?

When it comes to wine, popular blends are relatively common for a reason. They serve as an excellent entry point into the world of fine wine, and studying them lets you understand more obscure, complicated wines out there. A collection has to start somewhere, and these blends are often easier to get and help you develop your taste. Imagine bonding with your friends and family over a brand you’re all familiar with and able to appreciate to its fullest. Good wine offers something new, yet vaguely familiar with each glass, as your mouth picks up on subtleties in the liquid that tempt you further and inspire thought and introspection, uncorking new conversation topics and improving the mood no matter the situation.

If you’re looking for safe picks, you want to set your sights on quality brands from Italy, France, and Spain. A glass of sultry Sangiovese or Trebbiano Toscano can liven up a family meal and impress even the stuffiest guests while being a perfect partner to any traditional Italian dish you can think of. One taste of a Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay is enough to let France stand out as a breeding ground of divine, elegant elixirs that can fit the taste of any enthusiast. Meanwhile, Spain offers powerful blends such as Garnacha, Bobal, or Tempranillo, helping you create memorable moments out of even the most ordinary evening. And this is only scratching the surface.

Our goal is to introduce you to popular, tested brands the same way we would introduce you to a potential soulmate. With the right mood and some good timing, you can develop a healthy, pleasurable relationship with wine that lasts a lifetime.

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  1. 1985 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica
    1985 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica
    99
    VM
    It’s almost impossible to imagine that the 1985 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva La Storica has just celebrated its thirty-sixth birthday. It displays a brilliant ruby red colo..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,399.00
  2. 1988 felsina fontalloro Super Tuscan/IGT
    1988 Felsina Fontalloro
    93
    WS
    A superbly structured wine, with impressive aromas and flavors of violets, berries and mint. Its full body and super tannins set up well for the concentrated, fruity finish. Try af..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  3. 1988 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1988 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    98
    DEC
    The vines were five years old in 1988, the age at which the plants usually begin to show a natural balance and announce their sense of place. This is the official second year for M..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,660.00
  4. 1990 isole e olena cepparello Super Tuscan/IGT
    1990 Isole e Olena Cepparello
    94
    AG
    The 1990 Cepparello is in my opinion the first modern Cepparello. Even today the wine remains deep, layered and powerful. The racy, fleshy personality is pure 1990. A final burst o..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  5. 1990 lisini brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1990 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino
    90
    WS
    A big and muscular wine with plenty of berry, cherry, mineral character and just the right amount of new wood as accent. Full-bodied, with full tannins and a fresh finish. Better i..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  6. 1992 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1992 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    93
    WS
    Top 100 Wines of 1995* Better than the 1990 or '91 Masseto. Deep and profound Merlot exhibiting intense berry, mint and cassis aromas and flavors. Full-bodied but very elegant and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,110.00
  7. 1994 fonterutoli siepi Italy (Other)
    1994 Fonterutoli Siepi
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    As low as $105.00
  8. 1995 altesino brunello di montalcino montosoli Brunello
    1995 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli
    96
    WS
    Monster Brunello. Very dark in color, withsuperripe aromas of black licorice, dried plum,mint and meat. Full-bodied, with masses of velvetytannins and a long, long finish. Best ver..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  9. 1995 altesino brunello di montalcino riserva Brunello
    1995 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
    92
    WS
    Bright, with floral, raspberry and mineral character. Full-bodied, with silky, firm tannins and a long finish. Needs a bit of bottle age. Altesino does it again. Best after 2002. 2..." Learn More
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    As low as $130.00
  10. 1995 argiano brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1995 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
    93
    VM
    The bouquet of the 1995 Brunello di Montalcino is deep and intense, offering raspberry sauce, cinnamon, dusty rosy and smoke. This is silky-smooth and elegant in feel with ripe red..." Learn More
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    As low as $99.95
  11. 1995 castello dama vigna lapparita Italy (Other)
    1995 Castello D'Ama Vigna L'Apparita
    92
    WS
    Wonderful floral, berry and cocoa aromas. Full-bodied, with fine, polished tannins and a long finish with dark chocolate and berry on the aftertaste. A sleek, racy Merlot from a re..." Learn More
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    As low as $185.00
  12. 1996 banfi brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1996 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
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    As low as $84.95
  13. 1997 argiano solengo Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Argiano Solengo
    94
    RP
    The profound 1997 Solengo vino da tavola (a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon with a tiny dosage of Syrah) is spectacular. Opaque purple-colored, it displays a fabulously ..." Learn More
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    As low as $330.00
  14. 1997 castellare i sodi di san niccolo Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo
    97
    AG
    The 1997 I Sodi di San Niccolo is wonderfully elegant, pure and silky. It remains very young, but is so polished that opening a bottle today is far from a crime. Dark red cherries,..." Learn More
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    As low as $170.00
  15. 1997 castello rampolla sammarco Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Castello Rampolla Sammarco
    97
    JS
    What a bottle. Off the charts! Full and velvety with spice and berry character and dark chocolate. Bright citrus acidity underneath. Intense. Wild fruit.James Suckling | 97 JSRich ..." Learn More
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    As low as $140.00
  16. 1997 col dorcia brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1997 Col D'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino
    94
    VM
    Understated at first, the 1997 Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino pulls you close to the glass, showing black cherry, hints of sage and crushed stone, blossoming further and ..." Learn More
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    As low as $99.95
  17. 1997 ornellaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Ornellaia
    97
    JS
    Fruit and complexity as well as freshness and richness. Beautiful nose with extraordinary aromas of prunes, licorice, and dried flowers with rosemary undertones. Full-bodied and ve..." Learn More
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    As low as $445.00
  18. 1997 sassicaia Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Sassicaia
    94
    WS
    Dark ruby red. Blackberry, with lots of fresh herb and meat character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and loads of fresh fruit and tarragon. Dill flavors on the finish. Textbook..." Learn More
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    As low as $930.00
  19. 1997 tenuta dellornellaia masseto Super Tuscans/IGT
    1997 Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto
    98
    JS
    This is the first legendary Masseto. It shows a tangy and exciting character on the palate with dried berry and strawberry character. Fabulous and energetic acidity with firm tanni..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,175.00
  20. 1998 argiano solengo Super Tuscans/IGT
    1998 Argiano Solengo
    92
    WS
    Violet and berry aromas, with hints of toasted oak. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, fruity finish. Best after 2003. 2,080 cases made. Wine Spectator | 92 W..." Learn More
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    As low as $120.00
  21. 1998 lupicaia Bordeaux Red
    1998 Lupicaia
    93
    VM
    Impenetrable ruby-black. Splendid, harmonious aromas of cassis, vanilla and mocha. Rich, dense, velvety and caressing; flavors of blackcurrant and spice. Very concentrated but with..." Learn More
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    As low as $120.00
  22. 1998 poggio antico brunello di montalcino Brunello
    1998 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino
    91
    WS
    Gorgeous aromas of berries, cherries and fresh porcini turn floral after a few minutes in the glass. Full-bodied, with a lovely silky tannin structure and a long, rich and subtle f..." Learn More
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    As low as $99.95
  23. 1999 biondi santi brunello di montalcino riserva Brunello
    1999 Biondi Santi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva
    94
    WS
    Exhibits fine depth and complexity, showing hints of licorice and tar in addition to the core flavor of cherry. Shows ample power, building to a long aftertaste of cherry, tobacco ..." Learn More
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    As low as $585.00
  24. 1999 isole e olena cepparello Super Tuscans/IGT
    1999 Isole e Olena Cepparello
    92
    WS
    Incredibly well-crafted red. Complex aromas of raspberries, vanilla and coffee. Medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, silky finish. A beauty. Best after 2004. 4,2..." Learn More
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    As low as $115.00
  25. 1999 le macchiole merlot messorio Super Tuscans/IGT
    1999 Le Macchiole Merlot Messorio
    98
    RP
    The awesome, saturated purple-colored 1999 Messorio is a 100% Merlot aged 18 months in French oak prior to being bottled without filtration. The alcohol is a lofty 14.6% and the dr..." Learn More
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    As low as $415.00
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